European Football League

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European Football League
European Football League logo.png
Sport Gridiron football
Founded 1986
No. of teams 6
Country Europe
Most recent champion(s) Kiel Baltic Hurricanes
Official website Eurobowl.info
Not to be confused with NFL Europe.

The European Football League (EFL) is a European Cup style tournament for European American Football teams affiliated to EFAF (European Federation of American Football). The final game of the EFL is called the EFL Bowl, which has been held annually since 2014.

EFL[edit]

Under the governance of EFAF, comparable with UEFA in football, the best American Football teams in Europe participate in an annual competition. EFAF determine the relative strength of each of its 17 affiliate leagues and allocates teams to the 4 divisions accordingly, thus not all nations take part. National League Champions, runners-up or teams with International success are eligible for the EFL. Teams from 'weaker' leagues may take part in the EFAF Cup. The final game of the EFL was the Eurobowl, which has been held annually since 1986.

In 2014, the BIG6 European Football League was introduced as the new top-tier competition of American football in Europe.[1] The EFL continued to be played as a second-tier competition, with its teams playing for the newly created EFL Bowl trophy.[2]

Format[edit]

Teams are split into 4 divisions of 3 or 2 teams. In a division of 3 teams play 2 matches, once at home to one opponent and the other away to the other opponent. In a division of 2 teams, each team plays each other home and away. The division winners then advance to the play-offs.

The play-off format was changed for the 2008 season. The tournament was expanded to an eight-team competition. The two finalists from the 2007 season, Vienna Vikings and Marburg Mercenaries, earned automatic berths for the next season and the two semi-finalists, Eidsvoll 1814's from Norway and Tirol Raiders from Austria, earned a spot for the national champions of their respective countries. In quarterfinals these teams faced the four winners of the divisional round. In semi-finals teams were be paired by the Eurobowl seeding system, with the best-seeded team facing the worst and the second-best facing the second-worst. Winners then advanced to the Eurobowl.

EFL Bowls[edit]

For a list of champions by year before 2014, see Eurobowl.

Game Year Date City Winners Score Runners-up MVP
I 2014 July 19, 2014[3] Kiel, Germany Kiel Baltic Hurricanes Germany 40-0 Spain Badalona Dracs

Records and statistics[edit]

By club[edit]

Club Won Runner-up Years won Years runner-up
Austria Vikings Vienna 5 5 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013 2001, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012
Austria Swarco Raiders Tirol 3 1 2008, 2009, 2011 2013
Italy Bergamo Lions 3 3 2000, 2001, 2002 1994, 2004, 2005
Germany Hamburg Blue Devils 3 2 1996, 1997, 1998 1999, 2000
Netherlands Amsterdam Crusaders 2 3 1991, 1992 1988, 1989, 1993
Germany Braunschweig Lions 2 1 1999, 2003 2002
United Kingdom London Olympians 2 1 1993, 1994 1995
Germany Berlin Adler 1 2 2010 1991, 2011
Italy Legnano Frogs 1 1 1989 1990
Germany Kiel Baltic Hurricanes 1 0 2014
Switzerland Calanda Broncos 1 0 2012
Germany Düsseldorf Panther 1 0 1995
United Kingdom Manchester Spartans 1 0 1990
Finland Helsinki Roosters 1 0 1988
Finland Taft Vantaa 1 0 1986
  • Listed are Eurobowls from 1986 to 2013 and EFL Bowls from 2014 on.

by country[edit]

Championships Country Year
8 Germany Germany 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2010, 2014
8 Austria Austria 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013
4 Italy Italy 1989, 2000, 2001, 2002
3 United Kingdom United Kingdom 1990, 1993, 1994
2 Netherlands Netherlands 1991, 1992
2 Finland Finland 1986, 1988
1 Switzerland Switzerland 2012

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BIG6 European Football League starts 2014 www.eurobowl.com, published: 20 November 2013, accessed: 5 December 2013
  2. ^ EFL 2014 teams announced www.efaf.info, published: 11 February 2014, accessed: 8 July 2014
  3. ^ EFL Bowl I am 19.07.2014 in Kiel (German) www.efaf.info, published: 6 July 2014, accessed: 8 July 2014

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